With the magnitude at which the modern world is progressing as to technological advancements, innovations in business, and massive bouts of data readily accessible, a group of leading magnates from several industries within MENA region join a panel discussion on entrepreneurship, innovation, and content creation on 2 March 2022 at Dubai Opera.
The 'An Evening with Steven Bartlett' event preceded with a fireside interview hosting Social Chain founder and BBC One’s newest and youngest ever Dragons’ Den investor, Steven Bartlett, who himself hosts Europe’s number one podcast on Spotify, The Diary of a CEO.
The Age of Entrepreneurship
“I take pride in a lot of the success stories that have happened within the office. People who came in with nothing and now have multiple properties around Dubai,” said Husni Al Bayari.
The Makings of a Creative
Speaking on humble beginnings, the hardships of facing a conventional society as a creative child, and being the last of four siblings, Steven Bartlett believes that ‘insecurity and independence in early childhood are the makings of an entrepreneur’. He goes on to say, “The things that invalidate you when you’re younger become the things you crave validation for as an adult.” He emphasized it is that drive for validation that inherently initiates the entrepreneurial spirit, and it is up to each individual to shift that into a positive or negative outlet
Having been expelled from school twice and dropped out of college, the well-spoken young millionaire has made up for it in business finesse and a sharp mind for innovation. He believes where most entrepreneurs lack strategy is in prolonged research and analysis that goes into many campaigns or operations. “You can find the answer quickly [to whether a direction is right for your business] by experimenting, rather than researching and figuring it out over time.” Persistent over building a culture of experimentation within your establishment, Steven said that when you find yourself solving a problem unconventionally, but you see clear results, and simultaneously you are facing resistance from society, that is when you know you are early to an innovation.
‘It is inevitable’ and only a matter of time before society adopts that method.
The panel wound down on discussion of where Dubai’s future is headed; Bartlett reiterated the immense potential of Web 3.0 and how Dubai and the UAE can play a key role in attracting talent to the country to create unicorns – a term used in the venture capital industry to describe a privately held start-up company with the value of over $1 billion.